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Brown Bag Program: Riener to tell about ‘Honor Flight’

Andy Riener’s photo and Quilts of Valor on display at the Bicentennial Historical Museum in Grangeville.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Andy Riener’s photo and Quilts of Valor on display at the Bicentennial Historical Museum in Grangeville.

— It’s that time of year again to get some education while you lunch.

The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum is sponsoring the Brown Bag Program. Sessions will be held each Wednesday starting today, Aug. 15, through Oct. 3, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m. These programs are free to the public and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

The first program is set for today and will feature Mark Gravatt of Grangeville with “American Aviation WWI.”

Next week, Aug. 22, 101-year-old Andy Riener will talk about his “Honor Flight.”

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Through this program, veterans are transported to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Andrew Joseph Riener was born Feb. 9, 1917, to Frank and Mary Anne “Jenny” Stubbers Riener on a farm near Greencreek, Idaho, and grew up on a farm near Ferdinand, Idaho. Both farms were on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation. He attended a one-room schoolhouse a mile and a half from his home.

He served in the US Army from February 1942, through October 1945, both in Hawaii and Europe during WWII. He married Evelyn Dale Cash April 10, 1943, and they were married for more than 71 years. She died Nov. 30, 2014.

Riener worked for John Hoene Implement Company in Grangeville prior to his time in the Army, returning to work there until his retirement in 1981.

Following weeks are as follows:

•Aug. 29: More than Half A Century of CIAA Art with Marlene O’Neil

•Sept. 5: Arnold Family History with Jinny Cash

•Sept. 12: Nez Perce History with James Lawyer

•Sept. 19: 100 Years of Farming History with Don and Charlotte DeArmond

•Sept. 26: Dram, Scotland with Floyd Whitley

•Oct. 3: Back Country Pilots with Bob Black


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